Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Build a Class App without Code!

I spend a lot of my time researching new technology, reading blog posts, following great educators on Twitter, and trying out new things. My lens is always that of how could we use that for purposeful learning in the classroom? It doesn’t matter if it is an ed tech tool or not, I still look at it through that lens.

Recently I read about Glide--an online platform for building apps through the use of Google Sheets. I had set it aside to try out when I had time, but I kept seeing interesting posts about it. I finally gave it a try last week, and I have to say I am super excited! Now the apps I built are nothing fancy, but I see so many potential uses in the classroom. I imagine students teaching unit concepts through multimedia and putting it together in “Study” apps. the value would be in the media creation, but think how excited your kids would be to have created their own app. Teachers could certainly use an app to keep students and parents up-to-date and in the know, but I see the real power is student creation. Even our smallest of students could help the teacher build the content for the app.
The best part about it? You don’t need to know how to code! You build your content in a Google Sheet, and then you tag your components in the app and design your layout. You can add late, video, images, and multiple pages. You can pay for a pro account, so you can upload to the App Store, but there’s no need! The free version give you a QR code that students and parents can dance to add the app to their home Home screen.
Glide provides you with tutorial videos, and the help feature allowed me to get a question answered within minutes. Try out here: https://www.glideapps.com/
I built an app for my summer workshop just to give building a try. You can see my app here in your web browser: https://ttechcafe19.glideapp.io/

What kind of ideas do you have for an app in your classroom? Please share any ideas with us in the comments below, and share any classroom apps you create!